Big cat with small head and massive tail spotted in Brockworth
A FRESH big cat sighting could mean the elusive creature has returned to an old hunting ground.
A brown cat with a long thin, tail and a small head was spotted by a woman near Tesco Extra in Brockworth on October 17.
Big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge said the woman reported the sighting to him, and it tallies with a number of sightings in the area last year.
"She saw it at about 7pm," said Frank, who records an average of two sightings a week in Gloucestershire. "It wasn't black but brown, and I believe it's been up there before.
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"It was quite thin, with a massive long tail and a relatively small head."
Frank has been inundated with big cat sightings after University of Warwick tested deer killed at Woodchester and Dursley for big cat DNA earlier this year.
The tests proved negative but video footage taken by teaching assistant Coryn Memory showed what could be a big cat.
The latest sighting is not the first in and around Brockworth. In January this year, Cooper's Edge resident Hayley Huntley heard what Frank believed may have been a puma's shriek, after builders found a stripped deer carcass near the new Barratt Homes development.
In December 2010 a large black cat was seen walking across a fence in Boverton Drive.
Ken Ward saw a big cat near the rugby ground in Mill Lane in 2001 – describing it as "3-4ft long, with pointed ears, a small head and a thickish tail. Light brown in colour, and the back half of its body was thick-set".
Jogger Christine Edney made a similar sighting in 2002 at Castle Hill.